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- 15What does the Bible truly say about the afterlife?2 months agoopenThe topic of hell has been covered, but what about heaven? What does the Bible REALLY say happens when we die?(Sidenote to Pete:) I've noticed many of the best topics you address come from those wh... Read more...
- 5In John 15, verse 3, Jesus is quoted as saying "You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you." What is he talking about?4 months agoopenMy Calvinist upbringing would usually lead me to assume that "clean" has to do with salvation, and salvation comes only through acceptance of Jesus dying on the cross as my savior. That wouldn't make ... Read more...
- 42 Peter 1:20-21 and God letting his kids tell the story7 months agoopenLove your work! It’s been instrumental and formative for me in engaging scripture. I’m curious about your thoughts on 2 Peter 1:20-21 in regards to God letting his kids tell the story. Not saying this... Read more...
- 4Were the Old Testament "laws" (mitzvot) ever really promulgated and followed, or were they "made up" post-exile?3 months agoopenI'm having difficulty seeing Israel (a young pre-exile nation) observing these very quite-tedious laws. Stoning your children? Really? I have an even harder time imagining that Moses could have "rec... Read more...
- 3Raising children in a "first half of life" church and home?4 months agoopenI've been reading Richard Rohr's book, Falling Upward. He seems to say that children should be raised in a "first half of life" spirituality. If you are a parent who is in the "second half of life" ... Read more...
- 2Does 1 Corinthians 5 & 6 Justify The Church Kicking Out Gays and Hiding Pedophiles?3 months agoopenI'm troubled by 1 Cor. 5 and 6. 1 Cor. 5 seems to invite Christians to judge one another and kick out gays, idolators, covetors, con artists, and other sinners. And 2 Corinthians seems to condone lett... Read more...
- 2How can we know whether God or some other entity is responsible for what happens3 months agoopenYou teach that, just because it's stated in the Bible, doesn't mean it's factually true. Given that, how do we know if the death of a loved one is "God took him", or merely allowed by God but initiate... Read more...
- 2If we take away the idea of having an actual historical Adam and an actual fall, hense taking away the idea of original sin, then what is the purpose of Jesus coming and dying on the cross?3 months agoopenHow do we reconcile this with the language in the new test image of Jesus dying for our sins? For example: 2 chor 5:21 Galatians 1:4 1 Peter 3:18
- 1How can we be sure we aren't guilty of what Paul warns about in 2 Timothy 4:3?1 month agoopenFor those of us already anxious about deconstructing, how can we be encouraged to continue our journey away from our roots. Especially when it seems like we are guilty of heaping up teachers for our o... Read more...
- 1Ignore the Psalms that point out that the wicked are prospering7 months agoopenDo you think that Right wing Ayn Rand type Christians ignore the Psalms that point out that the wicked are prospering and flip the whole meaning to this: if you’re prospering you must be righteous if ... Read more...
- 1I shared your podacast about purity culture with my daughter, and she had an unusual objection. She said you hadn't once addressed why the Linda's current view was better, which, if the reason was not the gospel and the heart change because of Christ4 months agoopenand his death and resurrection, then the replacement would be harmful as well. I'm not sure how to even engage with that statement. Can you take a shot?
- 1John 10:35 ???scripture is unalterable word of God4 months agoopenDoesn’t this mean the scripture is literally the word of God?
- 1True or False: "The LORD gave and the LORD hath taken away."3 months agoopenPlease disregard my prevkous question; it was poorly formed. The character, Job, makes the statement in my question. I understand him to be saying that whatever happens, whether we perceive it as good... Read more...
- 1What parts of the Bible really ARE black and white? Since so much of it is poetry and narrative that is more painting a portrait of God, what are tHE actual takeaways we should be gathering?2 months agoopenI really love what Ive heard you speak on brenda davies channel and what ive read while surfing around through your blog posts. The freedom you encourage in interpreting the Bible is amazing but also ... Read more...
- 1Can you share about any recent experiences of the Holy Spirit? I have been engaged with mystics recently so it doesn't have to be like that, but those small nudges you might get daily.2 months agoopenI am super thankful that you came to Indianapolis last summer to speak to us. I still hope the Yankees lose to my Cleveland team (sort of don't like their team name).
- 1What is your opinion of the CEB Study Bible? I have many study bibles, but I tend to like the NISB, The Harper-Collins Study Bible and the CEB Study Bible. The CEB translation takes a bit getting used to.3 months agoopenAnd what about the use of "the Human One" in place of the "Son of Man". I respect your opinion and would love to hear it.
- 1How literally should we take verses like Matthew 27:52 and 1 Samuel 28:8-16?3 months agoopenP.S. You have an error in your book "How the Bible Actually Works," on page 209 you say that "Jesus does some baptizing himself..." Actually, if you read on in John 4:2 the Bible states that it was no... Read more...
- 1I've always struggled with "David was a man after God's own heart", really? David? Do you believe that David was "A man after Gods own heart" and what than, knowing who David was, does that mean?1 month agoopenThe ONLY way that I've been able to justify or try to understand that statement (from God? or just part of the Legendary status of David?
- 1Is there any evidence that the (mythicized) events recorded in Exodus line up chronologically with the Amarna period in Egypt?1 month agoopenIn the thousands of years of Egyptian history, there is this one weird period, the reign of King Akhenaten (a.k.a. the Amarna Period) in which Egyptian art tells us that monotheism takes hold, and the... Read more...
- 1Can you guys please do an episode that talk through “common things evangelicals say”!?4 weeks agoopenI grew up in a bubble and said/agreed with so many things that make me cringe now. So many times Christians have sayings or thoughts on scripture that I think is out of context and totally off base (b... Read more...
- 1In Ecclesiastes 12:13 could the phrase that is translated "the all" or "all humanity" be better translated as "the fullness" or "human fullness"?2 weeks agoopenI'm wondering if this Hebrew phrase in Ecclesiastes could mean something like what we mean by "human fullness." I have a faint memory of reading something like this in Peter Enns' Commentary (I had it... Read more...
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